Derek Jeter announced his plan to retire in a letter posted to his Facebook page Wednesday afternoon. Jeter, 40, whose last season with the Yankees was saddled with injuries, said he realized two months ago the 2014 season will be his last.
Jeter has been a shortstop for the Yankees since 1996. In 2012, he set a record for most hits in the MLB. He suffered a broken ankle during the 2012 playoffs.
In his letter, Jeter reminisced about his childhood desire to be a shortstop for the Yankees. He said he will focus on his philanthropic goals and is ready to start a family. His off-the-field life has often crossed over into tabloid gossip for his relationships with celebrities like Mariah Carey, Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel.